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US education secretary to visit suburban school

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 7:07 a.m. CST

WHEELING — U.S. Education Secretary Arne (AR'-nee) Duncan plans to tour a suburban Chicago high school with a high-tech laboratory that is unique among public schools.

Wheeling High School is formally unveiling its nanotechnology lab on Thursday to coincide with Duncan's visit. It's a $400,000 facility that opened this year for students. School officials say nanotechnology is part of the curriculum now at the school.

Duncan will talk to students about math and science education and walk through the lab. Gov. Pat Quinn is also expected to attend the event.

School officials are billing the lab as the first of its kind for a public high school.

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